River Delta Development



Type of DegreeMSc

EU FeesEUR 2,314


Cost non-EUEUR 10,196

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Facilitators of change in delta zones

Due to climate change and the growth of the world population in delta areas, we face urgent social issues. Within the master River Delta Development, you will develop knowledge and competencies of delta technology, practice-oriented research and transitions, with the aim of safeguarding welfare and prosperity for future generations. You will become a facilitator of changefor river deltas. In this study programme, three universities of applied sciences combine their complementing expertise in the fields of coastal regions, river systems, and urban water. This will provide you with insight into how the different component systems operate, how they relate to each other, and how the delta functions as a cohesive system. By focusing on the international context, you will learn how to apply this knowledge in deltas around the world.

As a facilitator of change, the challenge is to decrease the vulnerability of river deltas while simultaneously increasing the opportunities for healthy economic and ecological development. In the Master’s programme River Delta Development, these developments are viewed as transitions:  progressive, complex changes and adjustments in river delta systems that demand professionals who can intervene effectively. Versatile delta professionals are required, who not only have knowledge of river delta systems (coasts, seas, and rivers) and the latest developments but also possess the necessary research and communication skills to make meaningful contributions to these transitions. The English-taught programme River Delta Development is a unique joint degree offered by three universities of applied sciences with complementing expertise in the field of water: HZ University of Applied Sciences (coastal regions), Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (river systems), and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (urban water).

Study Programme

The Master’s programme starts with an introductory month at HZ University of Applied Sciences in Middelburg. Subsequently, you are introduced to the various delta areas (coast, river and city) and you work in projects (Living Labs) in each of these areas. On a weekly basis, you spend one day at the University of applied sciences, where the lectures and coaching/reflection take place. After fifteen weeks of research, the period is completed with an evaluation week, in which assessments and reflection on the research in relation to the entire Delta and its issues take place. During the evaluation weeks, the associate professors are always present to ensure coherence and feedback to the larger whole. The three blocks with an accumulation of knowledge, research skills and personal professional development last a total of seventeen weeks per university of applied sciences. Ultimately, there is a final phase of three weeks, in which you produce and present an ‘end product’. In conclusion, the final, integral competencies are assessed by means of a portfolio and an oral final assessment. You do the first semester at HZ in Middelburg, then you go to Velp for a semester at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. The final semester takes place at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Entry requirements

In order to qualify for participation in the master River Delta Development, you should have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognized university (of applied sciences) or accredited academic institution in a discipline related to that of the Master’s programme. It is also important that you have a good command of the English language. For more details, please visit our website.

Meet Van Hall Larenstein

Coming to an Open Day is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Van Hall Larenstein and the River Delta Development programme.

Upcoming open days:

  • 16th February 2019


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